October

WHY THE NBN WAS DOOMED

So, the Australian government couldn’t organise a wet fart, no matter which party is currently in control – that’s not new news to MOST Australians. But how did this great plan go so wrong? And what is the nation facing when it is finally (god forbid) finished.

Amazon Key Smart Lock Kit

Use the Amazon Key App to watch deliveries, (which so far appears that it is not compatible with Alexa) check in anytime via live view, and lock and unlock your front door from anywhere. It is not recommended with houses that pets have access to the front door & Amazon Key is not integrated with home security systems. On the day of delivery, you will need to disarm your home security alarm.

The All New Amazon Cloud Cam

Amazon now have their new hardware available for pre-order, and that includes the amazon cloud cam, similar to the NEST Cam indoor but a significantly lower price. The Amazon cloud cam will not be shipped directly to Australia, but will work alongside both the Amazon key service and Amazon Alexa.

Harmon Kardon & Microsoft Cortana

This week Harman Kardon and Microsoft released the Harman Kardon Invoke with Cortana by Microsoft for the exy price of $199.95 USD. The only country it was released In was the states and with the sound powered by Harman Kardon and that price tag its easy to see the market they hope to reach, for the moment powerful sounding speakers are few and far between, with the best on the market (personally considered) being the Google Home Max.

Harmon Kardon & Samsung

South Korean Company Samsung have been scares so far, with many failed attempts to kick start Voice Assistant Bixby, due to a few reasons the biggest being the lack of English recognition and support for the assistant features, and the next is assumed to an already flooded market with a strong fan base for the 4 other major Smart Assistants.

New Owners for August Home

In a HUGE game changer for once start-up company August Home, the Company has recently been acquired by a new parent company Assa Abloy, The same parent company to Australia’s Lockwood and many other Lock and Technology Companies. The good news to any august home fans and users is that this acquisition will not see a change of leadership for the company with Jason Johnson to stay in the role of CEO of August Homes,

RUMOURED; Google Home to Copy Amazon

Initial reports came out saying the new hardware had the codename Manhattan, which has been upgraded to Quartz, it is unsure yet if this will be the devices name. These rumours follow Google Huge release earlier this month on EIGHT new hardware devices, so it appears the Hardware team at google is keeping busy.